I have a 1988 Ford Festiva 4 speed that has a problem when I release the
clutch in first or second gear the car starts to engage yet when I fully
release the clutch it JUMPS forward in a jerky up and down motion, (almost
as if I am trying to take off in 4th gear), I drove the car for about 45
mins the other day and upon coming home I noticed it smelled like something
was burning (I am assuming the clutch might be fried?).
I do know how to drive stick (35 yrs) yet I have never "burned out" a
clutch, altho the car has 140,000 miles on it so maybe it is just "time" for
a new clutch...
From what I have written and described does this sound like a bad clutch?
To me it appears to be in need of a new clutch altho I am no mechanic, even
tried the car in second gear (thinking maybe somethings wrong with first)
second is just as bad though, jerky jumpy smells of something burning as you
This is an old car with a lot of miles, yet it still starts and (ran) fine
till just recently with this clutch thing, I can't drive it anywhere for an
estimate but will start to call around for estimates locally (Northwest
Indiana), was hoping someone here who does know a bit about clutches and or
repairs for such a vehicle could give me an idea of what it might cost me to
get this done (so I have a ballpark to tell if these locall places are
overcharging or even if the car is worth fixing).
1988 Ford Festiva, 4 speed front wheel drive (I am guessing they might have
to remove the engine to get to the clutch?), replacement of clutch and labor
etc ==== GUESTIMATE??????
Thanks for all help I will read the replies in the group here.